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What Type of Pulse Oximeter Do I Need?

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There are hundreds of pulse oximeters on the market and knowing which type is best for you can be confusing. So we're here to break down the three types of pulse oximeters and which one is right for you.

Finger Pulse Oximeter

Finger Pulse Oximeters: This type of monitor is the most commonly utilized and purchased do to ease of use and affordability. It is great if you just need to check your blood saturation levels (SpO2) for general well being. It can help you set a baseline of your SpO2 and help you determine if you have any possible underlying health issues. It's the equivalent of a thermometer for SpO2.

Arm Wrist Pulse Oximeter

Wrist Pulse Oximeters: This type of monitor is great if you need to obtain readings for longer periods of time. Generally utilized by persons with known health conditions which require continuous monitoring. When looking at these monitors, the ones with the finger attachment are considered more accurate.

handheld pulse oximeter

Handheld Pulse Oximeters: This type of monitor is great when accurate readings are required. They come with the same finger sensor you might see at the hospital. In addition to measuring your SpO2, these devices generally measure heart heart and ECG. Some even measure blood pressure and temperature just like the hospital.

For most people the finger pulse oximeter is suitable for their needs. You can read our review of the MIBEST finger pulse oximeter. Your health care provider will prescribe one that is best for you if you require monitoring for health reasons.


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